CAC to coordinate Advanced QI Training for Long Term Care Professionals

CIAW picThe Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has made funds available for education of long term care health professionals in four topic areas: wound care, infection prevention, quality improvement and Alzheimer's and dementia care. The education provided by this project will be suitable for participants to pursue certification in these disciplines at their own cost if they so choose. The Project Manager is the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community.

 

At this time, Quality Improvement Trainings have been scheduled in regions throughout the state.

 

Who should attend? Long Term Care Nurse Leaders, Quality Improvement Directors, Executive Directors. Note: There is a limit of one participant per long term care facility unless unfilled slots become available. Trainings are limited to 25 participants.

Trainer:  Evelyn Catt, MHA, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, TTAC Consulting, LLC

Delivery Mode:   Four-day, face-to-face, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Quality Improvement training course. Class is 8 am - 4:30 pm each of the four days. Participants must attend all 4 days to complete the course and be eligible to sit for the Yellow Belt Certification Exam.

Content: Evidence-based principles that facilitate improvement; QAPI Principles and key concepts of Lean; organizing the workplace; Kaizen and PDSA cycles; Six Sigma principles; root cause analysis; using quality improvement techniques to optimize care

Credential: Pre- and post-testing will be conducted to validate that effective learning has occurred. Participants completing the four-day course will be prepared to implement QAPI and eligible to sit for the Yellow Belt Certification Exam. Information will be provided to the students regarding their options for becoming yellow belt certified. Options include certification through the International Association for Six Sigma Certification or through Purdue Healthcare Advisors. Certification of participants will be at their own cost.

 

Cost: $60 for the 4-day workshop plus a $2.49 registration fee.

Identical Quality Improvement Trainings will be held regionally. To register, click on the location you wish to attend.

Fort Wayne, IN - Sept 8-11, 2014


Merrillville, IN - Sept 29-Oct 2, 2014


Columbus, IN - Oct 27-30, 2014


Evansville, IN -  Nov 10-13, 2014

 

Indianapolis, IN - Jan 12-15, 2015

 

 

For more information: Contact Lidia DubickiProject Coordinator, University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community or (317) 791-5926.

 

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Intercollegiate Athletics: What is included?

What do you think of when you hear intercollegiate athletics?

Did you say, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)? Well, that is what many people immediately think of when the words “intercollegiate athletics” are mentioned, but “intercollegiate athletics” is defined as

taking place between or participating in activities between different colleges: intercollegiate athletics.

Therefore, intercollegiate athletics not only includes the NCAA, but also athletic conferences and club sports.

The UIndy Master of Science in Sport Management program prepares graduate students to work with and within the NCAA, conferences, university athletic departments, and club sports via university recreational sports departments. A conference is an entity that governs member institutions that play competitively with one another. For example, the University of Indianapolis is not only a Division II school within the NCAA, but also a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). In addition to the NCAA tournaments, the University of Indianapolis teams participate in GLVC tournaments and follow not only the NCAA guidelines, but also the GLVC guidelines.

With the growth of youth sports and travel teams, the number of young adults who want to continue to compete beyond the high school level is increasing. More high level athletes are opting to compete at the club level in order to focus on their education while still maintaining a high level of competition, or to continue a good athletic career while meeting people with similar interests. The growth in popularity of club sports has pushed some universities to take an active role in helping their student populations compete at regional and national levels. Club teams are not regulated by the NCAA nor the university’s athletics department, but rather managed through the university’s recreational sports office.

Since each university club sport carries the school’s name, guidelines that govern club sports exist. Some of the larger universities provide marketing and facilities to the club sports through the use of student activity fees and other fees assessed to each club. They have rules concerning fundraising and use of the university logos. This has expanded job possibilities within recreational sport departments on campuses across the nation.

These clubs include everything from football to martial arts to dance. Some of the club sports created their own governing bodies such as National Club Baseball Association (NCBA) and the National Club Track and Field Association (NCTFA). Those governing bodies have now also come together under the National Federation of Collegiate Club Sports Leagues, L.L.C. (CollClubSports), which allows the national associations to work together to advance participation in organized baseball, softball, track and field, basketball and football club sports. CollClubSports plays a similar role to the NCAA. There are many club sports such as martial arts, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball that do not have national or regional governing bodies at this time, but the universities work with the club sports, and many of those sports represent the universities regionally and nationally. Focus on intercollegiate sports by earning your Master of Science in Sport Management at the University of Indianapolis, and take your place in a career in sports on a college campus.

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UIndy Offering Entry-Level Master's & Doctoral Degrees in OT

In 2015, the University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy will offer two entry-level OT degrees. Each degree, the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) will prepare students to successfully enter the workforce as practicing occupational therapists.

There are two differences in the degree levels: 1.) format (1 day/week versus 5 days/week), and 2.) clinical fieldwork experiences and application.

Master of Occupational Therapy (part-time)

The MOT will be offered as a part-time hybrid program, with classes on campus one day each week with corresponding coursework in an online environment. This format makes the program especially ideal for career-changers who already have a bachelor's degree and others who want to continue working while going to OT school. MOT students will be required to complete two levels of full-time fieldwork  -- practical experience in a real-life setting -- to earn the degree.

The MOT program will begin in January 2015. The deadline to apply for the MOT program is September 15, 2014.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (full-time)

The OTD program will be offered as a full-time program. Classes will meet throughout the week during the day. Students pursuing the OTD will be required to complete three levels of fieldwork. The additional level of fieldwork not required in the MOT program includes an in-depth experience in an advance area of practice that may include advanced clinical practice, research, administration, leadership, program development, public policy, advocacy, education, and/or theory development.

Applications for students wishing to begin the OTD program in 2015 are due by November 1, 2014.

Students interested in either program should contact Mikka Jackson, CHS Admissions Director, at mljackson@uindy.edu or (317) 788-4909.

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CHS Welcomes New Admissions Counselor for PT Programs

When prospective students inquire about UIndy's Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapist Assistant Programs, the person on the other end of the e-mail or phone is Amber Clarke, the newest Admissions Counselor in the university's College of Health Sciences.

Clarke is an Indianapolis native and a graduate of Marian University. She came to UIndy because she has an interest in higher education.

"I have an affection for students and mentoring. I like to see people being successful," said Clarke, who has a background in marketing. "This position fits all of that."

As the admissions counselor with responsibility for the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, Clarke is the first point of contact for students thinking about careers as a PT or PTA. Some days find her meeting with prospective undergraduates who will seek a pre-PT concentration that will prepare them to apply to physical therapy school. She advises students on prerequisites for admission to KSPT and answers questions about the admissions process.

Having arrived on campus in early July, Clarke said her favorite thing about UIndy is the people.

"I am very impressed with how involved the faculty are on campus," she said. "I've found everyone to be welcoming, genuine and friendly."

Students inquiring about UIndy's physical therapy programs will find Amber Clarke to be the same.

The deadline for applying to the 2015 Doctor of Physical Therapy program is October 1, 2014.

The deadline for applying to the 2015 Physical Therapist Assistant program is January 21, 2015.

 

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Former CDC epidemiologist joins UIndy Health Science faculty

The University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences is pleased to announce the addition of Amie Wojtyna, PhD, MSBS, MPH to the teaching faculty of the university’s Community Health Education undergraduate program and the new Master of Public Health program.

 

Wojtyna earned her master’s in biochemistry and molecular biology with the intent to conduct breast cancer research. What she found was that hours spent at a lab bench did not give her enough interaction with the people she was trying to help, so at the suggestion of a colleague, she set her sights on public health. Now, 13 years later, Wojtyna is joining the UIndy faculty in the department of kinesiology where she will teach, among other things, MPH 510 – Understanding and Utilization of Epidemiology. She will also be teaching an undergraduate Introduction to Epidemiology course.

Epidemiology is the science that studies the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions in defined populations, which is what Wojtyna has spent the majority of her career doing. She has worked as a surveillance epidemiologist for both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health.

“Working in public health has allowed me to make an impact without giving direct medical care,” Wojtyna explained. “It’s not a basic science like biology. It’s not an abstract science like psychology. It’s a mixture and a completely different approach to science.”

A graduate of a DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, Wojtyna believes that small private schools are lacking curriculum in public health.  She also sees a real need in Indiana for more of an emphasis on public health issues.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the caliber of student UIndy attracts in both the undergraduate and graduate programs,” said Wojtyna. “Students who come from a rigorous academic program have the opportunity to make a difference in real world applications of public health concepts.”

When asked what she sees as the biggest issue in public health today, Wojtyna replied, “People and their behavior. It is very hard to change people’s behavior, but those changes in behavior – quitting smoking, exercising, using antibiotics appropriately – have positive impacts on public health.

The Master of Public Health program at the University of Indianapolis will begin in Fall 2014. The program, which will be delivered predominantly online, will offer a concentration in health disparities – preventable differences in the health of various populations.  To learn more, visit www.Uindy.edu/health-sciences/mph.

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PT-OT-PTA Open House at UIndy on September 13

If you are looking for a career that is fun and rewarding, look no further than the worlds of physical and occupational therapy.

Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapist assistants enjoy rewarding careers while making a positive difference in the quality of life for their patients.  PTs, OTs, and PTAs take a personal approach to meeting individual needs. The career opportunities in these fields are plentiful and the need for well-educated therapists is great.

The University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy and the School of Occupational Therapy will host an open house in Martin Hall on the UIndy campus, 1400 E. Hanna Avenue, on Saturday, September 13 from 9am to 12pm.

Learn about  the Associate in Science, Physical Therapist Assistant; Master of Occupational Therapy; Doctor of Occupational Therapy; and Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees that UIndy offers. You will also hear about the application and financial aid processes and have the opportunity to meet faculty and current students.

High school students, current college students, graduates with entry-level PT and OT degrees, and career changers are all welcome to attend.

Pre-register here today!

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4 Students to Present Master of Gerontology Capstones

The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) invites students, faculty, staff  and community members to attend any or all of the following gerontology Capstone presentations on Monday, August 11, 2014. The location for the presentations is at CAC's Fountain Square office, 901 S. Shelby St., Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46203. Parking is available in the free public lot on Shelby Street (across from Arthur's Music).

9:00am - Virginia Cook: Respect My Story -- Elders share oral histories to promote community education.

10:00am - Kayleigh Allen: Support Groups and Older Women

11:00am - Rachel Arney: Creative Community Approaches to Using Older Adults' Perceptions of Exercise to Engage in Physical Activity

1:00pm - Tiffany Chappell: Sex Ed: In-service Training for Long Term Care Staff
 

The Capstone project reflects the student’s cumulative experience and skills gained throughout their graduate academic program with (CAC). Each student develops a project that demonstrates the ability to integrate gerontological knowledge gained through academic and practical experience and reflects the interdisciplinary nature and theoretical perspectives of gerontology. The student then delivers a professional presentation of Capstone findings and methodology to faculty, peers, and community professionals.

To learn more about the Master of Gerontology program offered by the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community, please visit our website at www.uindy.edu/cac.

 

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End of Life Issues Is Topic for 1.5 Credit Online Course

Elderly hands on afghanThe University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community will offer an online graduate course in end of life issues during the Fall 2014 semester. Students not enrolled in a degree program through CAC may take this course as a guest student (fees still apply). UIndy undergraduate students who are at Junior or Senior level with a GPA of 3.5 or better may enroll in these courses with permission from their advisor.

GERO 580: Special Topics in End of Life Issues will engage students in exploring the complex issues of end of life care from the perspectives of both the individual person at end of life and the social systems that influence end of life care. Students will discover how legal, ethical, economic, and competing personal considerations within families all shape end of life decisions.

This course addresses critical issues that people experience at end of life. These include everything from the process of completing an Advance Directive for Healthcare Decisions long before one enters the dying process to the experience of living through the dying process itself. Students will explore the following topics and examine the issues within them:

  • Quality of life for the person at the end of life. This includes having the conversations about advance directives for healthcare decisions, managing pain and other disease-related symptoms, and meeting a person’s emotional, spiritual and psychological needs at the end of life.
  • Health and support services at end of life, including hospice and palliative care services for people at the end of life and their families.
  • Ethical considerations in making end of life decisions such as examining the role of competing values and interests, both in the family and in the healthcare/medical systems.
  • Legal considerations in making end of life decisions: society’s role in end of life decisions.
  • Issues in end of life care for people with special needs including people who are homeless, people with dementia, and ethnic minority elders.
  • The public health impact of end of life issues.

 

The goal of this course is for students to examine the complexity of issues within these topics and understand how differing perspectives inform decisions at the individual, societal, and healthcare system levels.

GERO 580: Special Topics in End of Life Issues will be conducted online from August 25 through October 19. The instructor is Rev. Alice Scannell, PhD.

For more information or to register, please contact Stephanie Fritz at fritzs@uindy.edu or (317) 791-5929.

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Program Evaulation Is Key to Demonstrate Success of Health & Human Service Efforts

Generic graph imageOver the past two decades, the terms program “performance and accountability” and “program evaluation” have become the focus of vigorous debate within the social, health and education services. Calls for increased scrutiny of public funding have increased the competition for scarce resources and federal, state and local emphasis on measurement of program and policy effectiveness have driven the focus on measurable outcomes. At the same time, increased focus on the quality of service delivery and on developing “learning organizations” has led to the building of systems of ongoing feedback and quality improvement efforts. The field of evaluation has grown in response.  

Course Offering
The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community is offering GERO 571: Program Evaluation, a 3-credit, skill-based course designed to provide students in the healthcare and social sciences fields with an introductory overview of the tools and techniques to measure the activities, characteristics, effectiveness and efficiency of programs targeted to specific populations. This course is taught online and will begin August 25.

Objective
The primary objective of program evaluation is to provide feedback to decision-makers and other stakeholders, to determine whether a given program is achieving desired outcomes at a reasonable cost. In this course, the emphasis will be on what is needed to develop a successful evaluation, how to manage the context of the evaluation to ensure a positive evaluation experience for the evaluator(s) and the organization or program being evaulated, and how to foster the use of evaluation findings through design, conduct and reporting. At the end of the course, whether students are called on to evaluate a program, contract for evaluation services, or are charged with reading and acting on evaluation results, they will have the tools you need to successfully engage in program evaluation.

Course investigations will include readings from texts and articles, accessing websites, and conducting community research. Course assignments will include projects that will require students to read and analyze information sources, identify and interact with a specific program or policy, and develop a strategic evaluation plan.

Instructor
CAC Associate Professor Sharon Baggett, PhD is the instructor for this course. Baggett is routinely sought out for her skills as an evaluator and has provided evaluation services to organizations across the United States.

For More Information
People interested in taking GERO 571: Program Evaluation without applying to one of CAC’s graduate programs can take advantage of the Guest Student Option, which allows up to 6 credit hours to be take under guest status. All course fees apply. For more information, contact Stephanie Fritz at fritzs@uindy.edu or 317-791-5929.

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New Additions to Health Sciences and Student Life at UIndy

Earlier in the year, President Robert Manuel announced the approval of a $50-Million budget for some new and exciting initiatives to improve the university and its surrounding community. Among these changes are plans that will not only enhance the quality of popular programs within the College of Health Sciences, but will also increase the variety of activities within Student Life.

A New Health Building:

On June 19th, the university hosted a special ground-breaking ceremony for a new building on campus. A four-story, $28 million Health Pavilion will be home to all of UIndy's health science programs including, psychology, kinesiology, athletic training, social work, as well as the nationally ranked programs in nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. The new building, which is scheduled to open August 2015, will have state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, and meeting spaces, as well as clinical facilities that will give students hands-on experience, while providing services to local members of the community.

Master's in Public Health:

A professional degree with a concentration in health disparities -- preventable differences in the health of various populations. The new Master's in Public Health is a 45-credit program that will take about two years to complete, with a combination of online courses and occasional on-site instruction. Students in the program will acquire the essential skills for improving population health such as program planning, monitoring and evaluation, grant writing, culturally competent communication, advocacy, and leadership for improvement of public health.

Men's and Women's Lacrosse

UIndy will be the first college in the state of Indiana to have a Division II Lacrosse program for men and women. The new addition brings the number of sports teams under the athletic program to a total of 23. The university has already taken the first step, with hiring coaches Jillian Howley and Greg Stocks. Both are former head coaches from DII Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. Recruitment will begin soon, and the season will kickoff with the men's team competing in Spring 2016.

Marching Band

Plans are also underway to assemble staff and facilities for a university marching band. Over 30 percent of incoming students participated in marching band during high school, and many of them have expressed interest in continuing to participate as undergraduates. The university also anticipates that the program will be available for students beginning in the year 2016.

 

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Researcher to Join UIndy College of Health Sciences MPH and Community Health Faculty

The University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences has tapped Debasree DasGupta, PhD as a faculty member in its new Master’s of Public Health and undergraduate Community Health Education programs. DasGupta will begin teaching at UIndy in August 2014.

DasGupta’s interest in public health evolved over time from an interest in public policy. As a Master’s student at Clemson University she focused on city and regional planning and how that impacted environmental health.

“I was looking at land use change – how rapid development of land affected the quality of water,” DasGupta said. “There was a natural progression from studying environmental health to studying population or public health.”

When she began her PhD studies at George Mason University, she borrowed from the fields of demography, economics and sociology to analyze disparities in fertility and women’s work.  As a postdoctoral research fellow at George Mason, DasGupta worked on a number of projects, including one National Institutes of Health-funded project on geographical disparities related to organ transplantation.

She is excited about her future at the University of Indianapolis. “Being a post doc research fellow, I wanted to remain in academia. UIndy’s health programs – in both community health education and public health -- dovetail to my own interests.  I look forward to teaching and continuing my own research at UIndy.”

DasGupta has expertise in statistics and quantitative methods and will be teaching Biostatistics and Social and Behavioral Applications in Public Health in the MPH program. She is well-versed in the use of GIS – geographic information systems used to capture, store, analyze, manage and present data, all of which is critical to accurately identify and address health disparities. She plans to develop an MPH elective course on GIS in the near future and will also be teaching a range of courses in the undergraduate Community Health Education program and Kinesiology Department. 

In both programs, students learn to address what DasGupta sees as the biggest challenge in public health -- how to move people from unhealthy habits to healthy behaviors.

“Behaviors are driving why disparities exist,” DasGupta said.  “Policy-wise, we could try to move those habits, but policy can only go so far. People must understand the consequences of their choices.  It takes years of community-based programs to change people’s behaviors.  We are seeing a transition from the biggest threats to health being communicable diseases in previous years to non-communicable diseases today. You just can’t institute a policy to fix that.” 

While at UIndy, DasGupta hopes to conduct research on, among other things,  the global epidemic of diabetes, perhaps comparing the incidence of the disease in India and the United States. “In developed countries, like the U.S., diabetes is prevalent among those in the lower socioeconomic strata,” said DasGupta, who is a native of India. “In developing countries, it’s been a curse of affluence; though of late, we are seeing an expanding trend in incidence rates from the urban to the rural and from the higher to the lower socioeconomic strata.”  

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CAC to offer course in home modification assessment

During the Fall 2014 semester, the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community will offer "Home Sweet Home: Home Modification Assessment," a course designed to provide human service and housing professionals with the knowledge and skills to conduct a performance-based assessment of a person's health, capabilities and home characteristics.

Based on the results of the assessment, students will practice designing recommendations and specifications for tailored home modification interventions to enhance independence, safety, and quality of life.

The course will be offered in two formats:

Option 1 - Academic Credit
Guest Student Registration through UIndy
Cost: $703.50

Course registration includes:

  • Graduate credit (1.5 credits) and grade which will be documented on official UIndy transcript
  • Access to online learning management system with instructor-directed course work and resources. Course will run October 20 - December 13, 2014.
  • Face-to-face onsite workshop on November 7 & 8, 2014
  • Passing score on final examination will lead to a Certificate of Completion, which is required by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for select funding.

 

Option 2 - Non-credit
Registration will be through Eventbrite
Cost: $600

Course registration includes:

  • Suggested pre-course reading list and review materials
  • Face-to-face onsite workshop on November 7 & 8, 2014
  • Passing score on final examination will lead to a Certificate of Completion, which is required by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority for select funding.

 

Reserve your space today.
To register or for more information, contact Stephanie Fritz, CAC Academic Coordinator, at (317) 791-5929.

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CHS Dean pens editorial for Journal of Physical Therapy Education

Stephanie Kelly, Dean, UIndy CHSThroughout the course of her career as a physical therapist, University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie Kelly, PT, PhD, has been interested and involved in clinical education. That expertise led to her invitation to author an editorial, "On the Summit," on the evolution of clinical physical therapist education in the recent, special-edition issue of the Journal of Physical Therapy Education (JOPTE).

Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and is co-chair of an ACAPT steering committee dedicated to making changes in clinical education that respond to the changing landscape of healthcare.

"Our profession has had a number of successes in this process: the development of the Clinical Performance Instrument, the credentialing of clinical instructors, formation of many active regional consortia, to name a few," Kelly wrote, while noting that challenges still exist which require further action.

The special edition of JOPTE is dedicated to seven position papers that are part of the ACAPT visioning process for changes clinical education. In her editorial, Kelly said the publication of the papers and the offering of several webinars taking place during Summer 2014 are meant to serve as the foundation for discussion that will take place at an ACAPT Clinical Education Summit, on October 12-13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. The goal for the Clinical Education Summit is to reach agreement on best practices for clinical education in entry-level physical therapist education and to provide specific implementation recommendations to ACAPT.

"We recognize that each [academic] program has a unique institutional mission that must be met; however, just as best practice guidelines continue to allow for individualized patient care, establishing best practice standards for clinical education will continue to allow programs to meet their respective missions," Kelly wrote.

To learn more about the ACAPT Clinical Education Summit, to read the seven position papers presented in JOPTE, or to review the webinar schedule, please visit www.acapt.org.

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Two UIndy OT professors earn doctoral degrees

The University of Indianapolis School of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce that assistant professors Lori Breeden, EdD, OTR and Alison Nichols, OTD, OTR recently successfully defended their dissertations and earned their doctoral degrees.

Dr. Nichols defended her doctoral capstone in May and graduated from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (ODT) degree. Her capstone project was titled, “Changes in Knowledge, Skills, and Confidence in Fieldwork Educators after Participation in an Evidence-Based Practice Short Course.”

Dr. Nichols specializes in early intervention pediatric occupational therapy. She is currently serving her second term as the secretary for the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA) and has also served as a test-item writer for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She earned her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Indianapolis.

 

 

Dr. Breeden defended her doctoral dissertation on in June at Ball State University. She will graduate in July with a doctorate in adult, community, and higher education.  Her dissertation was titled, “Exploring Older Adult Home Safety Education With Photo Elicitation via Telehealth.”

She specializes in neurological recovery and upper extremity spasticity management. Her research interests include client education, stroke recovery, OT delivery via telehealth, and the contribution of photovoice and photoethnic research to the understanding of participation in meaningful occupation with a chronic illness or disability. Dr. Breeden earned both her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Indianapolis.

 

 

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Comstock inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

Eastern Illinois University (EIU) will induct Dr. Joni Comstock into its Athletic Hall of Fame on September 6 in Charleston, Ill. Dr. Comstock will be entering the Athletic Hall of Fame as a friend of athletics based on the impact she has had on Eastern Illinois Athletics and national collegiate athletics. Dr. Comstock was a volleyball student-athlete at EIU and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She received her master's degree in education and sports management from Illinois State University, and earned a doctorate in administration of higher education from the University of Illinois, Champaign.

In addition to her position at the NCAA, in 2012 Dr. Comstock became a co-instructor for the University of Indianapolis' Master of Science in Sport Management program, which focuses on intercollegiate athletics administration. She provides her expertise in the facility and event management course (KINS 510). She often holds class meetings for the UIndy students at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, where students have the opportunity to learn from more experts in the sport management field.

Dr. Comstock has been with the NCAA as Senior Vice President of Championships and Senior Woman Administrator since 2006. She is responsible for the oversight of 84 NCAA national championships, statistics, playing rules administration, media coordination, and gender initiatives. She was previously honored by EIU in 2013 as one of ten significant contributors to Panther Women's Athletics during the school's celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX. She also represented EIU as their pioneer in women’s athletics and was honored by the Ohio Valley Conference that same year.

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Staples receives Lucy Blair Service Award from APTA

Krannert School of Physical Therapy Associate Professor William H. “Bill” Staples, PT, DPT, DHSc, GCS, recently received the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

In addition to his work as a professor, Staples also serves as a lead reviewer for APTA clinical residency and fellowship programs, including the evaluation of 7 new clinical residency programs. He is also the chair of the Item Bank Review Committee of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

An APTA member since 1979, Staples has been a member of several APTA sections, including: the Neurology Section, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, and the Home Health Section. He has served on the Board of the Geriatric Section for 9 years and is currently the President of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. In 2008, he was inducted into Sigma Phi Omega, a national professional society for gerontology. Staples has also received the Anthony D. Certo Award for distinction in furthering physical therapy as a professional practice, the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy’s Distinguished Educator Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Joan M Mills Award, and the President’s Award for Exceptional Service.

The Lucy Blair Service Award honors members who have made exceptional contributions to the association through district, chapter, committee, section, task force, or national activities. Lucy Blair (deceased 1985) was known for qualities such as having unswerving dedication, self-sacrifice without limit, an infectious enthusiasm, strong personal and professional values, a sharp wit and sense of humor, and a genuine interest and concern for every individual she met.

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Top 5 Reasons to study Engineering at UIndy

UIndy has recently revamped the structure of its Engineering program, creating more benefits for students and providing more options for majors. The Engineering Dual Degree Program at UIndy is a cooperative partnership between the University of Indianapolis and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis (IUPUI). The program is designed to be 5 years in length, after which students will graduate with a degree in a Math or Science field from UIndy, and another in one of four areas within Engineering from IUPUI. Although the idea of staying in school for a fifth year, and taking courses at two different schools may seem different than the traditional four-year track at only one place, here are five reasons why any student interested in Engineering should consider the EDDP at UIndy.

1. Classes with more personal attention: Like the rest of the academic programs on campus, the EDDP at UIndy offers all  students the promise of a quality education, which can only be obtained through a learning environment with small class sizes and dedicated faculty who go above and beyond to help you succeed in their courses, and thereafter.

2. Stand out in the field with 2 Degrees: According to some of the EDDP faculty, having the knowledge and skills in a Math/Science field, and in Engineering makes a stronger engineer, and is more marketable in the workplace. The selection of internships and career possibilities also increases when a student holds two degrees.

3. Early exposure to hands-on experience: Students who choose Physics as one of their majors from UIndy, will greatly benefit from the new developments to the curriculum, with an emphasis on group projects. Professor Stephen Spicklemire says this will help enhance the learning experience for students, while helping them acquire the skills and experience needed for a career in Engineering.

4. Choose from 12 combinations of UIndy-IUPUI majors: Whereas the old UIndy/IUPUI engineering program only allowed students to earn a degree in Physics from UIndy, and Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering from IUPUI, the new program has 12 possible combinations for majors in Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics from UIndy and Bio-medical, Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering.

5. Financial aid guaranteed for 5 years: Although most undergraduate financial aid is only guaranteed for four years, students enrolled in the EDDP will be able to have the same financial aid package they received as entering freshmen, applied to the additional 5th year in the program.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hands-on disability awareness activity drives home lesson for PT students

The commotion could be heard from down the hall. An entire class of first-year physical therapy students stood in line waiting to become disabled -- for an hour or so at least. It was the annual "Disability Awareness Luncheon," an activity that aims to help students in the UIndy Krannert School of Physical Therapy step into the shoes of the clients they will one day serve.

PT professors Dr. Kathy Martin, Mr. Sam Keggereis (shown at left), Dr. Bill Staples and Dr. Dyer Diehl called students into a classroom where they had multiple instruments at their disposal with which to assign a variety of disabilities to each student. Some students wore socks on their hands to mimic a loss of dexterity. Several had their vision obscured by goggles smeared with vaseline. Others had limbs rendered useless by the strategic placement of ace bandages.

Once they were suitably "disabled," students had to ascend the stairs to take part in a buffet lunch, where they had to serve themselves and eat a potentially challenging meal of lasagna, salad and breadsticks.

The Disability Awareness Luncheon is a long-standing tradition (right down to the menu) at KSPT. When pictures from the event were posted on the KSPT Facebook page, one alum commented, "Honestly one of the most memorable parts of PT school for me!"

After the activity concluded, Dr. Staples commented on the students' observations. "They couldn't believe how difficult is was to function when disabled, or that they were in a lot of pain for being disabled for only 90 minutes and they couldn't imagine being like that 24/7. A couple people commented on how much help they needed just to go through the lunch line. Several students commented on how it was impossible to use their phones when I asked them to send a text to a friend."

Visit the KSPT Facebook page to see more photos from the Disability Awareness Luncheon.

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Professor finds public health gives broader perspective

UIndy physical therapy professor Anne Meija-Downs, PT, MPH has focused her physical therapy practice on health promotion and wellness. After working for several years with cardiac and pulmonary patients in a PT setting, Anne decided she wanted to bring a public health perspective to her world of physical therapy.

“Public health allows us to look at things from a bigger perspective,” Anne said. “We can change one thing – for instance, the social environment or the physical environment – and see how that changes the health of the population.”

By pursuing a master’s degree in public health, Anne felt that she would be able to make it easier for people to make healthier choices in their lives.

“No matter what your basic background is – PT, OT, nursing, social work,” Anne said, “public health lets you look at your area of expertise in a whole different way.”

The University of Indianapolis College of Health Sciences is now offering a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The program includes a concentration on health disparities, which are preventable differences in the health of various populations. UIndy’s MPH, which is offered in a predominantly online format, will begin in Fall 2014.

“This program will give the best of both worlds – the opportunity to explore a range of health topics of interest and the depth to really investigate and hopefully impact them,” Anne said.

To learn more about the Master of Public Health program at the University of Indianapolis, please visit http://www.uindy.edu/health-sciences/mph.

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UIndy Nursing: Education for Service through a recent trip to Ecuador

 
A group of faculty and students from the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) School of Nursing recently returned from a 13 day Service-Learning Healthcare Trip to Ecuador.  The team consisted of  Dr. Kathy Hetzler, Denise Ferrell and Mrs. Carolyn Kirkendall, faulty from the school of nursing plus twelve students. The students included nine nursing students, a Pre-Med student, Pre-PT student, and a newly graduated nursing student.  The healthcare team grew once the UIndy team arrived at Quito, Ecuador and included two physicians, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a former UIndy nursing graduate who is a missionary, and six One Mission Society missionaries.
 
The team traveled to Loja for a week to set-up and conduct healthcare clinics in three different locations in the Loja region. They saw 504 people over a five day period.  In addition to the healthcare clinics, they conducted two "Friends and Family" CPR sessions for local residents and a youth group.
 
The students also had several cultural experiences, which included visiting the equator and open markets in the area.  
 
It was a wonderful service learning experience for all and helped the students understand the concept of inter-professional practice.
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